Design students & PPT Presentations
How to ruin a ppt presentation
Few days ago I want to visit a design school in France to pay my first visit there also to follow a project we commissioned to that school. It was my first time with the students ready and curious to listen and watch their Powerpoint presentations.
When I arrived I introduced myself telling a bit about my school background and professional one before sitting down and getting ready to listen to them.
4 projected presentations using a classic Powerpoint or other slide type presentation software tool. So they started illustrating their project research and design approach, each presentation was made of about 25 slides with photos, some text, and technical information. After almost 2 hours I gave a general feed back to help the students not to repeat the mistakes I saw while presenting.
The thing I did not understood is why design students presented ruined and non communicative presentations, basically a lack of communication skills. Worse I was there for the first time and I believe a design student should try his/her best to well communicate the project intentions to show skills and abilities to someone coming from the industry.
Well I felt like I was in front of engineering mechanical students making an anonymous presentation!
It is easy to ruin a Powerpoint project presentation, when we use this tool we must think of making a book or a film, we must have a sort of visual design interest, we must make it seductive, we have to mark our own style to be different and professional with an emotional side always present, a bit of surprise and good content.
How we do all this? We must design our PPT presentation and not just improvise it, good quality photos, good text, strong message, tags, key words, few animations, good impact with editorial graphics and most of all be SIMPLE!
Never read what you have written on your slide, do not be a robot!
Too much text and small size! Boaring no one will read!
Art overload, too many pictures colors and graphic animations not good!
Bad color choice like violet green and yellow all together...disgusting
Absence of a real subject title
key words or tags instead of long text
great pictures big size
1 font and not mixing different fonts for lettering.
Two pictures show a good and a bad example just to be clear!
© 2012 Luciano Bove
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